By Franco Mwachande, contributor:
Blantyre-based multimedia company Bright Light Studio has embarked on a short film project titled Nelia’s Dream.
The short film is aimed at promoting girl-child education and ending girl-child marriages.
Creative Director for the film Bright Makina said the movie is part of his initiative, Photography for Change, aimed at using photography and films to raise funds to help the needy in communities.
“This is all for a cause. We want to encourage girls to work hard in school and achieve their goals. We know a lot of organisations, government and other stakeholders are doing their level best to sensitise girls to know the importance of education but we, being artists, feel we can also join the campaign,” Makina said.
He said the movie centres on a girl, Nelia, who had a dream of going far with her studies but gets distracted when she is forced into early marriage.
Makina, who is also director of photography and script writer for the movie, bemoaned lack of funding in the country to the creative sector.
“We are now selling T-shirts as one of the fund- raising drives for this project. We want to do more but, for us to successfully executive this project, we need support,” he said.
The youthful filmmaker said there was progress in the film industry but the biggest challenge is lack of support from the government and corporate world.
Makina said the film is set to feature actors such as Tawonga Nkhonjera, Flora Suya and Lisa Machilika.
Nkhonjera said people should expect a new experience with the movie.
“It is our wish to have a quality production. I am happy to work with Bright Makina,” he said.
In 2013, with the help of Khama Mbaula of Afritrix Pictures, Makina released Do Not Judge by Its Cover which tackles the issue of HIV/Aids.